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Fr. Bill to retire

Post by DoubleDipper on Fri Sep 27, 2013 5:01 pm

Really not a surprise, as he's been talking of retiring more and more recently......
"Dear Members of the University of Portland Community,

I wanted you all to know that I informed the University’s Board of Regents today that I have decided that this will be my last year as president of the University. I have had the great fortune to serve this fine institution for the past eleven years, ten as your president. I look forward to working with you throughout this academic year and meeting our goals for the Rise Campaign which will conclude at the end of this fiscal year. My experience here at UP has been nothing short of extraordinary and I will always cherish my time here on the Bluff. It has been my good fortune and blessing to work with an incredible group of faculty and staff, and to share my time here with wonderfully gifted and talented students.

Thank you for all you do for this wonderful place. I appreciate the gifts that each of you bring. Know that you continue to be in my prayers daily.

Sincerely,

Rev. E. William Beauchamp, C.S.C."

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Post by DoubleDipper on Sat Jan 25, 2014 4:30 pm

And now Fr. Mark Poorman, C.S.C., will become the President of the University of Portland.
The Board of Regents of the University of Portland announced today that Rev. Mark Poorman, C.S.C., has been named the 20th president of the University of Portland.  

Fr. Poorman will succeed Rev. E. William Beauchamp, C.S.C., who will step down from the president’s position at the end of the 2013-14 academic year. Fr. Beauchamp has served as the University's president since 2003.

A 14-member search committee of UP community members provided the board with a report and recommendation, and the board elected Fr. Poorman during its winter meeting this weekend. Fr. Poorman met previously with the search committee and also met last week with faculty members, administrators and students. He will serve as president-elect while Fr. Beauchamp completes his tenure this spring.

Fr. Poorman has been executive vice president at University of Portland since 2011, overseeing the divisions of University operations, financial affairs, University relations and student affairs. He also has served as a professor of theology and pastoral resident of Schoenfeldt Hall. Prior to arriving on The Bluff, he served as vice president for student affairs, a faculty member in the theology department, and pastoral resident at the University of Notre Dame.

Fr. Poorman said he is humbled yet excited to take on the next challenge, leading a University that has “an exceedingly bright future.”

Fr. Poorman grew up in Phoenix, Ariz., Bakersfield, Calif., and Springfield, Ill., where his father was the founding president of Lincoln Land Community College in 1967. He has described those early years as formative, helping to shape his belief in the value of education.

Since his arrival on The Bluff in 2011, he has been instrumental in the creation of the Dundon-Berchtold Initiative in Moral Formation and Applied Ethics. The initiative, funded by Amy Dundon-Berchtold and Jim Berchtold ’63, is designed to ensure that the University meets its “aspirations both to form the moral character of its students and to conduct sustained ethical reflection in applied aspects of business, science, engineering, education, health care and the arts.”

Fr. Beauchamp, who has known Fr. Poorman since the two were in the seminary together, describes him as “a devoted Holy Cross priest, an accomplished administrator and a very popular teacher.”

“He understands the mission of a Catholic University, and he appreciates the importance of student affairs," Fr. Beauchamp said of Fr. Poorman’s work both at University of Portland and Notre Dame.

Fr. Poorman first began to seriously consider entering the priesthood as a junior at the University of Illinois, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English.

He earned a master of divinity degree from Notre Dame and was ordained a priest in 1982. Shortly thereafter, he served as rector of Dillon Hall, associate director of campus ministry and instructor in theology, all at Notre Dame.

He later studied at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif., where he earned a doctorate in Christian ethics, then returned to Notre Dame to serve full-time on the faculty of the theology department, later becoming director of the master of divinity program.

He is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

“The University of Portland has been extremely fortunate over the last decade to be led so capably by Fr. Beauchamp,” said Thomas D. Arndorfer, a member of the University’s Board of Regents and chair of the Presidential Search Committee. “I speak on behalf of the Presidential Search Committee and my fellow regents when I say that we look forward to Fr. Poorman building upon the foundation laid by Fr. Beauchamp and his predecessors, guiding the University forward while remaining true to our mission of teaching and learning, faith and formation, service and leadership.”

A welcoming reception for the president-elect has been scheduled for 10:30 a.m., Monday, January 27, in the Board Room of Bauccio Commons on campus. All members of the University of Portland community are invited to attend.

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Re: Fr. Bill to retire

Post by Geezaldinho on Sat Jan 25, 2014 6:53 pm

Yeah, it showed up on the up.edu website at about 43-42 in the game Very Happy

The white smoke was a little while  earlier.

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